How to Recycle Plastic – Facts & Reasons Why You Should Start

Consumer confusion about what can and can’t be recycled grows as more communities embrace curbside recycling programs. It doesn’t help that those numerical recycling codes (#1 through #7) on plastic containers are both difficult to read and impossible to understand.

If the option is easily available, people will generally opt to recycle, rather than simply discard their recyclable products. However, some types of plastic may require a bit more effort and diligence on your part to reach a willing recipient. You may be wondering, is it worth the trouble? Why should you bother recycling plastic at all?

To learn more about what can be recycled – and you may be surprised at what made this list – and how best to do it, go to

Bubble buildings: Energy effiicient and disaster proof

One of the few remaining "bubble houses" left in the United States modeled after Neff's original concept

Since the mortgage bubble burst in 2008, the American dream of owning a home has, for many, become a pipe dream. Lots of folks face a future that doesn’t include their own backyard and picket fence. What’s more, environmental disasters ranging from Katrina and Rita to earthquakes and tornadoes have made investing in a home seem like risky business.

And that’s just the United States. According to Dr. Noel Brown, President and CEO of Friends of the United Nations, there is a shortage of 50 million housing units around the world.

However, there is a low-cost, energy-efficient, elegant-looking solution: concrete dome buildings.

To learn more about this energy efficient, economical and fascinating building option, and to see some amazing photographs, go to

Green Building with Eco-Friendly Architectural Salvage Yards

Earlier I read about something I admit I’d never heard of before – architectural salvage yards. Here is an excerpt from the article by Carol Goodwin

More and more, homeowners as well as commercial builders are realizing that there is a virtual treasure trove of building materials already at hand, and using some creativity along with a generous amount of flexibility, one can create masterpieces with reclaimed materials.

Gone are the days when only bargain-hunters are on the lookout for recycled building materials. In fact, some of the most unique and interesting interiors employ antique and reclaimed materials. One of my favorite coffee shops in Paris features ornate doors and window frames salvaged from local renovation projects as the interior decor, and the shop draws visitors from all over the city.

To learn more about this useful and interesting phenomena, see the full article at

Hug Wraps change how patients are treated

Putting on a Hug Wrap tells everybody around you (the hospital, doctors) that ‘I matter,’ says Jones.

Many people who’ve gone through a hospital stay, undergone outpatient treatment or procedures have at some point experienced harried, often indifferent-seeming medical personnel. At times, this treatment can seem callous, leaving patients feeling like cattle being herded through a disinterested or apathetic system.

Brenda Jones knows all about this.

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Plastic pellets made from ocean debris

I’ve written several stories about the dirth of plastic in our oceans and creating gyres around the world. The problem with collecting it has always been that the majority of it consists of small fragments, making it difficult to simply scoop up. Also it’s more brittle due to its exposure to ultraviolet light and ocean degradation.

But a partnership between Method, the “green” laundry product company, and recycler Envision Plastics Industries LLC. has done what no company’s done before. Pellets made partly from ocean plastic debris rolled off Envision’s Chino, California’s plant assembly line on March 1st.

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First section of Oregon’s West Coast Electric Highway opens

The first section of the West Coast Electric Highway is now open in southern Oregon

Back in 2008, I wrote a story about how the state of Oregon had begun installing the first solar highway in the U.S. Now, once again, Oregon is leading the way in alternative energy transportation by opening the first section of its new West Coast Electric Highway.

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Wean Green containers are sturdy and safe

When you have kids, especially little ones, there are always leftovers — dribs and drabs, my mother calls them. And it can often be tough to find the right size container to put them in.

Canadian “mompreneur” Melissa Gunning faced that problem when her two daughters were young. Concerned about heating and cooling baby food in plastic containers, her passion for healthy living and for the environment led her in 2009 to launch Wean Green.

To learn more about the convenience,s safety and variety these small food storage containers offer, see the full article.

Solar Roadways: Unique Business Model

Scott Brusaw and the Solar Roadway, photo by Mark Dixon of YERT

The Solar Roadway project has a number of exciting and innovative features to it. Other than being able to generate enough electricity to power the nation, inventor  Scott Brusaw‘s project is designed to do the most economic and environmental good possible in several other capacities.

For more of Part 2 on Solar Roadways and their potential to alter our landscape and how we think about driving, see

Graphic Examples of Climate Change

This video illustrates the stunning changes that have been taking place around the planet – with glaciers, summer sea ice and ocean temperatures. The pictures are taken from NASA, satellites and other reliable data.

It’s tough to refute or deny the startling and rapid earth changes and projections based on the information you ‘ll see here.

The question is, are our political leaders awake to this yet?  And, as the answer sadly is a resounding “no”, what will it take?

Solar Roadways: Energy and Transportation Solution in One

Solar highways could produce 3 times the amount of energy we need here in the U.S.

There are 28,000 square miles of roadways spread across the 48 continental states. With the cost of traditional paving materials going up and their availability going down, innovator Scott Brusaw sees solar highways as the solution to several energy and transportation problems.

To learn more about this fascinating project and how Brusaw is working to solve the complex issues involved, see Part 1 of this two-part article at